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Let’s Hit the Road We are excited to enter the spring season with festivals, camping, fishing, hiking and every outdoor activity that makes up a Colorado warm-weather experience. If your plans aren’t set in stone, we’ve come up with a handful of ideas. Although some of you are still making your last turns at Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, we are seriously thinking about camping, which of course means something different to everyone. From a roadside sleeping-bag experience to a giant recreational vehicle in an established campground, we support your idea of fun in this great state. We’ve created a map with dozens of locations to try and we’ve provided more detail on three specific sites: a national park, a national monument and a state park. How you spend your nights or days is up to you. If you are in Denver’s Golden Triangle neighborhood during the next 15 months, be sure to check out the History Colorado “Beer Here” exhibit. There’s a reason why the History Colorado Center doesn’t loudly proclaim itself a museum. It’s not your father’s collection of old stuff. The carefully curated exhibit features the ever-changing history of our state’s sudsy past. According to History Colorado: “More than just a tale of ale, this is a story of Colorado — told over a few beers.” And when you get hungry, we have you covered. Fantastic collective eateries have popped up around the state and they offer choices that touch on all the latest twists and turns in the culinary world. From creative spaces to the latest brews, cocktails and wines, drink up while jamming at the coolest festivals the state has to offer – yes, that’s all inside this magazine too. So, enjoy springtime in the Rockies. Live your passion and always thirst responsibly.

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Publisher Paul Johnson Associate Publisher & Editor Joe Ross Vice President of Sales Tod Cavey Design & Layout Michele Garner President & Founder Wilbur E. Flachman Marketing & Distribution Neill Pieper Editorial Assistant Natasha Lovato Contributors Steve Graham, Kyle Kirves, Lisa McIntyre, Dionne Roberts, Monica Parpal Stockbridge, Angie Wright For advertising and editorial information, please contact Joe Ross at 303.428.9529 Ext. 227 or email Proud member of the Brewers Association and the Colorado Brewers Guild Thirst Colorado is produced by The Publishing House, a division of Colorado Word Works, Inc. The Publishing House also produces Colorado’s Performing Arts Publications, serving arts venues along the Front Range. 7380 Lowell Blvd., Westminster, Colorado 80030 303.428.9529

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20 Art of Brewing

Let’s get a little quirky with Loveland’s Verboten Brewing

32 Untapped

Fill your calendar with these springtime events

46 Strange Brew 48 Restaurant


This beer-garita is no mockery

Top Chef competitor open for business in Colorado Springs



50 Prime Pairing

Tasty recipes that should be tried at home

52 Brewers’ Favorites Top beer and cider picks from industry experts

55 Tales from the Lying Log Packing into Rainbow Bridge National Monument

On the cover: The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival is a fantastic summer gathering in paradise. Photo: Neill Pieper


60 Brewery, Distillery, Winery, Cidery and Meadery Guide Find great craft beverages wherever you end up in Colorado


8 Camping on Public Lands Check out a few of Colorado’s finest preserves

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In Your Face

Local a cappella band bounces from Boulder to the big time


The State of Local Suds


Open Concept

34 Summer Lineup 38 Echoes of Mastery

Wining & Dining at Carboy


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History Colorado explores economic impact of beer

Metro Denver’s collective eateries are all the rage for dining, drinking and shopping

Embracing Colorado’s viticultural past and future

Six Festivals that you simply cannot miss

The TANK provides a truly unique venue for musicians

Après Vibes

Inner-city brewery, Jagged Mountain, offers outdoor culture








7th Annual, featuring over 35 craft distillers pouring hundreds of varieties and live entertainment by the Rick Lewis Project and Forever in Blue Jeans (Neil Diamond Tribute).


DESTINATION EXPLORATION Camping in Colorado: Options, variety and a map By Lisa McIntyre

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Photo: Terri Ross


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istening to the sounds of a babbling creek while sipping your morning coffee or watching billions of stars shine in the night sky … these are some of the gifts of nature. Studies show that being outside among flora and fauna is good for your health. It slows down the rhythm of our fast-paced lives, and it draws so many to Colorado. Colorado covers more than 100,000 square miles of sun-soaked land and water. There is an endless list of destinations to explore and Colorado’s 42 state parks, eight national monuments and four national parks are a great place to start. We selected three extraordinary locations and three camping styles to help you explore the outdoors.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument: Boondocking in a vintage trailer In the southwest corner of Colorado, hours from the buzz of city life, stands the highest and densest archeological region in the country, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. The monument is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and includes more than 6,355 recorded ancient sites ranging from cliff dwellings and kivas to rock art and shrines. More than 176,000 acres of colorful orange canyons and sparse desert mesas provide visitors a rugged and historical journey back about 10,000 years to the time of the ancestral Puebloans. We recommend boondocking in this region. Also referred to as “dry camping,” boondocking is basic camping in remote areas without amenities like toilets, electricity or water. If you are properly prepared, the experience offers a serene, meaningful experience. Vintage caravan trailers are a great fit, because they are often not equipped with all the amenities of new, fancy recreational vehicles. Rough roads and parking limitations make it impossible for vehicles over 24-feet to travel in the area. There is no cost to enter and camping is free on all BLM land. You can stay in one location for up to 14 days, then you must move at least 25 miles. Please camp responsibly, which means being cautious with fires and litter. Use previously occupied sites if possible. As the saying goes: Pack it in, pack it out, and leave no trace. Enhance your expedition by visiting nearby Mesa Verde National Park and the Trail of the Ancients, an official American Byway that travels through the monument.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Photo: Lisa McIntyre “If you like to explore on your own, with an un-curated aspect and no development, this is a great place for that,” says Jennifer Frost, Park Ranger at Canyon of the Ancients. There are many access points, but the best option for entering the monument is three miles north of Dolores at the Canyon of the Ancients Visitor Center on Highway 184. The center provides information to visitors who wish to camp and explore, including a map with permitted camp sites. Few

amenities are available once you venture off the beaten track, so pick up water, food and fuel ahead of time.

• Focus: archaeology, history, preservation, exploration • Open: year-round • Amenities: none, BLM camping • Websites: or

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Recreational vehicles are popular at Jackson Lake State Park. Photo: Courtesy Colorado State Parks

Great Sand Dunes National Park: Tent camping (or car camping) Great Sand Dunes National Park is nestled at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near the southeastern edge of the San Luis Valley, where picturesque snowcapped fourteeners seem to sprout directly from the flat, desolate valley to touch the sky. The park covers nearly 30 square-miles and contains four ecosystems for a plethora of year-round adventures. The dunes seem otherwordly, being far from the nearest ocean. They were formed over thousands of years by strong winds blowing across ancient lakebeds in the valley. The winds gather and flow over the mountain range, blowing the sand into a variety of large dunes. Pin~on Flats Campground in the park offers 88 camp sites for tents and RVs up to 35 feet, but with no electric or water hookups. During the day, hiking and surfing on the dunes is the name of the game. The 750-foot Star Dune is the tallest. It takes about an hour to hike to the top, zig-zagging across deep, steep, drifting sand. Miles away from big-city lights, the area also offers exquisitely clear night skies. “Try to get a campsite on the outer edge of the campground with a view of dunes,” said avid camper DAnna Lawson. “It’s wonderful to watch night fall on its sparseness, then see


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the headlamps from people coming back to the campsite.” Medano Creek runs through the park just below the surface of the sand most of the year. In late May or early June, melting snow causes the water to rise above the surface. The water’s pace is slow and the bottom is soft, sandy and easy to traverse when heading to the dunes. In summer, the campground often fills up six months in advance, as do others within 20 miles of the park, so make reservations early.

• Focus: nighttime stargazing, hiking, four-wheeling, views, sand-surfing, waterfalls • Open: park open year-round, campground open April 3-October 31 • Amenities: visitor center, campground, ADA services (dune-specific wheelchairs available at visitor center) • Website: Jackson Lake State Park: Motorhome and toy-hauler camping in designated locations Mountains are only part of the Colorado landscape. The eastern plains, dotted with farms, ranches and wide-open spaces are the gateway to the great plains of America’s Midwest. One of the best recreation spots on the Colorado plains is Jackson Lake State Park, a 2,411-acre reservoir just north of Greeley. Author James Michener once called the lake “an oasis on the plains.” You can fish, hike, mountain bike, hunt, water ski, jet ski, ATV

and so much more. It’s a haven for family gatherings and adventure. There are 260 camping sites lining the lake. Most have full hookups, and amenities include water faucets, electricity, a marina, and even a public facility with flush toilets, coin-operated showers and a laundromat. Toy-haulers and motorhomes are excellent ways to take in the lake’s vast experiences. “The water level of the lake goes down dramatically later in the season since it’s used for irrigation, so we mostly go early in spring and summer,” says Deanne Kelly. She and her family have been going to Jackson Lake every year for decades. The park has two entrances and a park pass is required. Additional fees are charged for camping and required reservations are only taken in advance at or by calling 800-244-5613.

• Focus: non-motorized and motorized water sports; stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, canoeing, jet skiing, water skiing, family camping • Open: year-round • Amenities: bird-watching, swim beach, off-highway vehicle track, boat ramp, marina, fishing pier, ADA accessible, showers, dump station, laundry facility • Website: Lisa McIntyre is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and Social SEE MAP ON Documentary. She seeks to illuminate the human experience PAGE 12 through oral, written and photographic storytelling.








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Longs Peak, 14,259 Feet - Lowest Elevation: John Martin Reservoir, 3,800 Feet - Mesa Verde boasts nearly 5,000 archaeological sites - Colorado’s newest state park is Staunton, which is just 4o miles west of Denver

Lake Pueblo John Martin Reservoir

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APRIL Flatbush Zombies & Joey BadA$$ Snoop Dogg / Ice Cube 311 x Method Man and Redman Stick Figure Easter Sunrise Service Pardon My French featuring DJ Snake, Tchami x Malaa, and Mercer Lotus The 1975 M AY Interpol Twiddle / Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Shpongle Live In Concert NGHTMRE / SLANDER 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince with the Colorado Symphony The Music of ABBA Vulfpeck Papadosio & The Polish Ambassador featuring Wildlight Luke Combs I Prevail: 107.9 KBPI Birthday Bash 2019 Lord Huron Walk Off the Earth Global Dub Festival 2019: Adventure Club / Bear Grillz Trevor Noah Florence + The Machine Iration / UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro The Devil Makes Three The Disco Biscuits Celtic Woman - Ancient Land Tour Disclosure (DJ Set) Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Bela Fleck: Friends & Family featuring the Colorado Symphony Chromeo / Thievery Corporation JUNE moe. Parade of Bass featuring Dillon Francis Billie Eilish Brit Floyd Michael Franti & Spearhead Big Head Todd and the Monsters Dispatch Sublime with Rome Rainbow Kitten Surprise Young the Giant / Fitz & The Tantrums San Holo Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals Lettuce Nahko and Medicine for the People + Trevor Hall Turnpike Troubadours Zedd on the Rocks John Fogerty Umphrey’s McGee Stevie Wonder: A SeriesFest Benefit Celebrating TV & Music Death Cab for Cutie Kasey Musgraves Widespread Panic J U LY Zeds Dead Blues Traveler The Avett Brothers MercyMe Dirty Heads



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TO PINTS APLENTY Telling the Colorado story through brewing history


Photo: © Ozgur Coskun / Adobe Stock

By Steve Graham

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An artist’s rendering depicts the Adolph Coors Brewery in Golden. Image courtesy of History Colorado.


am Bock needs to keep his threefoot-long bottle smasher away from his mountain of pint glasses. As a state public historian, Bock is curating “Beer Here! Brewing the New West,” a 3,000-square-foot exhibit coming to the History Colorado Center in May. It tells the somewhat contradictory story of beer-making in Colorado. He hopes to celebrate today’s booming industry by lining the entryway with a mountain-shaped display of pint glasses from each craft brewery in Colorado. Once inside, visitors can explore yesterday’s brews and lack thereof. The large bottle smasher helps represent a lengthy era of prohibition. Colorado passed a state alcohol ban in 1916 before the federal measure, but Bock wants to make sure the law’s backers are not just laughed off as teetotaler spoilsports. “We want to humanize them,” he said. With more than 200 saloons at the time in the small frontier outpost of Denver, there was clearly a legitimate concern. “We really had a pretty prolific drinking problem,” Bock said. “It was pretty out of control.” Through artifacts, documents and interactive displays, he hopes to paint a full picture of the prohibition era and several other moments in state history.

The exhibit links prohibition activists on Bock said he and Hanson both realized both sides to the rise of the mob and the Colorado brewers helped define the fun, Ku Klux Klan in Colorado. KKK members took outdoors-oriented modern Colorado lifestyle. over many state political offices, but initially “There’s no company that has done more rose to power as a law-and-order vigilante than Coors to brand Colorado,” Bock said. prohibitionist group. They heavily targeted In turn, the microbreweries that grew up local Italian communities that continued to around big beer became a draw of their own. make their own illicit wine and beer. “Craft beer has become one of those This kind of historic context is the amenities that is as important as hiking trails overarching mission of the exhibit. Bock and ski resorts,” Bock said. hopes to explain many of the state’s historic He traces the history of Colorado craft social and economic changes through the beer to Charlie Papazian, who taught thenlens of beer. Bock dipped into beer research as a history graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Center of the American West. He planned to continue pursuing a PhD, but couldn’t pass up a job offer from History Colorado. It gives him the chance to create a public platform for his history research. He said he had worked on a series of articles and public talks about Colorado beer with History Dale’s Pale Ale six-pack, History Colorado Collection, Colorado creative director Jason R.28.2109.1 Hanson. It was the genesis for a book that will be released as part of the exhibit. May-June 2019 17

This mountain bike frame belongs to Oskar Blue’s sister company REEB Cycles (beer backwards). The two brands exemplify the crossover between love of beer and the Colorado lifestyle. Reeb Cyclery mountain bike frame, History Colorado Collection, R.156.2018.1 illegal home-brewing classes in Boulder, where he also launched a festival that has grown immensely since 1982. “It was the Great American Beer Fest that put Colorado on the map as a beer destination,” Bock said. He said corporate beer “had become pretty monotone,” but a new breed of tourists and transplants came to Colorado for the skiing and mountain biking, and were willing to pay more for a tastier, more niche product. Bock said the hardest part of creating the “Beer Here!” exhibit was culling the list

of artifacts provided by breweries, local collectors and area museums. His favorite item is perhaps an 1887 Denver brewer’s union card written entirely in German, reflecting the background of nearly all Denver beer-makers at the time. History Colorado also found space for New Belgium’s original brewing tanks and a 2002 Dale’s Pale Ale can, the first canned craft beer. That piece celebrates both Oskar Blues and Ball, another Colorado innovator that created the first canning line small enough for a craft brewery.

But Bock said the 15-month exhibit is not really about aluminum inventions or even that “voluminously hopped mutha” in a can. It’s about the story of Colorado. He said he wants visitors to walk away from the exhibit asking, “why do we have this brewing industry and what does that tell us about where we are as a state and where we’re going in the future?” Steve Graham is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor who likes taking his two young boys biking, hiking and breweryhopping in northern Colorado.

Prohibition-era liquor bottle smasher, History Colorado Collection, H.4767.1

During prohibition, the Coors family turned to ceramics production as a source of income. In 1913, Coors Brewing Co. founder Adolph Coors purchased Herold China and Pottery Co., which was renamed Coors Porcelain Co. in 1920. Coors continues its ceramics business today under the name CoorsTek, headquartered in Golden, and is the largest technical ceramics manufacturer in the world. Ceramic rose bud pitcher with lid, History Colorado Collection, 88.119.1


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hat is it about the word “forbidden” that makes things so … alluring? Forbidden fruit. Forbidden books. Forbidden Planet -- ok, maybe not the last one. Attaching the word forbidden to almost anything instantly makes it a lot cooler, more mysterious. The forbidden requires an invite or a backstage pass or a rite of initiation. When you’re on the wrong (or right?) side of the line that marks out forbidden territory, you’re on the … inside. Dig? The insiders at Loveland’s Verboten Brewing knew what they were doing when they chose the German word for forbidden for their moniker. “It’s a reference to the kinds and styles of beers that you couldn’t make, by law, in Germany, under the Reinheitsgebot,” says Angie Grenz, co-owner and marketing director at Verboten. Reinheitsgebot? It’s ok -- I had to look it up, too. It’s the German Beer Purity Act of 1516 that decreed all Bavarian beers could only contain three ingredients: water, barley, and hops – and that’s it. Langwelig, as the Germans say. Grenz says the playful reference is part and parcel of Verboten’s identity. “We can make whatever we want, do whatever we want. Experiment with all different kinds of styles and flavors. It’s all part of the creative process.” Verboten, though, is just part of their larger identity. They’ve recently suffixed their name with the words “Barrel Project.” “When we moved to downtown Loveland,” Grenz says, “we gained a lot of space. A lot more room. And we resolved to focus on wood and beer and the barrel-aging process to create wood-aged, beers. Bigger beers.” Monthly, Verboten’s Barrel Project releases a special release in the tap room only – something the regulars look forward to with relish, and that justifies a visit for non-regulars. Almost every Friday there is a new experimental beer on tap.


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Though they’ve won awards for their barrel-aged offerings and will, perhaps, be associated with wood-accented beers, Verboten is not afraid to blaze new trails in other styles. They are among the first Colorado-brewers to embrace goses, and, in fact, will modify their annual summer strawberry rhubarb beer to be in that style.

“That artwork was based on actual photos of the gauges and hardware in the brewery,” says Angie’s husband Josh Grenz, Verboten co-owner and head brewer. Fans of Dumb and Dumber may get the reference to Killer Boots. And the aforementioned Somebody to Love? That’s a shout-out to the Blues Brothers, the can art featuring a hop cone in classic skinny tie, short snapbrim fedora, and shades. With a few exceptions, most of the art work for the cans comes from designer Brookes Ubersox whose journey to Verboten’s graphic artist was a short one. Very short, in fact. “I was working at Verboten as a beertender,” Ubersox says, “but my background is in design. And Grenz was looking for help with an ad. I mentioned my background, did the ad, and convinced her I knew what I was talking about,” she adds, laughing. Her first efforts were the Thinking of Something Orange and the Killer Boots labels. “For me to do my best work, I need to find someone passionate about what they do. Verboten is very committed. I loved, too, the fact that they took their names from movies,” Ubersox says. She cites Killer Boots as a personal favorite.

The art was so popular Verboten ended up showcasing it in the brewery and selling prints of the label art. “People really love the label art,” Grenz says. “Putting it up on the walls creates a real connection with the brand.” So now that you know what to look for, and where to find it, take your own journey into the forbidden realm. Do a little healthy nose-thumbing at the Reinheitsgebot, you scofflaw, you. The good people and delicious, singular brews at Verboten will be there to point the way. Kyle Kirves drinks beer, plays guitar, runs trails, and manages projects – all with varying degrees of success. While not a craftsman himself, he is quite content writing about the Colorado artisans who create such wonderful things and memorable experiences.

“We were the first in Colorado to brew a Brut IPA,” Grenz says of their “Somebody to Love” ale, now available in cans. “We beat all the other brewers by a week or two.” Their motto “Beer for All” broadcasts to beer enthusiasts that there is something for everyone to enjoy at Verboten, and beer lovers of all stripes and types will find one that seems especially created for your palate. Currently distributed along the northern Front Range, Verboten beers are easy to spot. Packaged in bright white cans that jump off the shelves, the artwork features equally bright and colorful imagery. The names themselves are references to sometimes throwaway lines from favorite comedies. My personal favorite, Anybody Want a Peanut comes from the film The Princess Bride (RIP Andre the Giant). But the art itself is of a steampunk adventurer in top hat and goggles, as drawn by Loveland artist Dion Weichers. May-June 2019 21


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Guests dine, snack, drink and shop at Denver Central Market. Photo: Natasha Lovato


ollective eateries are relatively new to the Denver dining scene but the concept has its roots in 19th century Europe. Often referred to as market halls, the congregation of vendors became popular because it was a sheltered and safe place to shop. The first one popped up in 1822 and because the doors are still open today,

St. John’s Market in Liverpool is considered the granddaddy of market halls. With prepared food, drinks and groceries available, the array of options and the ease of spending money in one area has sustained its popularity over time. Because transparency is more important to foodies, many of the vendors emphasize increasingly healthy, locally sourced options.

From the Great Market Hall in Budapest to the Quincy Market in Boston, people travel the world to experience the hullabaloo collective eateries have to offer. But one doesn’t have to travel the world to enjoy popular neighborhood magnets that meet the needs of the most finicky group of friends or coworkers. Here are a few of the options in the Denver area.

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Denver Union Station

This historical landmark served primarily as a train station until it was refurbished in July 2014. After a $54 million renovation, the LoDo destination was positioned to restore the station as a transit hub as well as a destination for dining, drinking and shopping for tourists and locals. Visitors can enjoy award-winning restaurants, pubs, a bookstore, a creamery, a coffee shop, a florist, and the Crawford Hotel ─ all within Union Station. “Union Station is like a trademark for the city of Denver,” according to Spencer Seabloom, who likes to frequent the sprawling attraction. “I love the Terminal Bar but Union Station is also surrounded by other fun bars and cool restaurants. It’s a great central hub.” Photo: Courtesy Denver Union Station

Denver Milk Market

One of the newest collective eateries to join the fray, The Denver Milk Market opened as the anchor in the Dairy Block building in June 2018. The LoDo market’s 12 dining options and three bars are run by renowned Colorado chef Frank Bonanno. Lou’s Hot Naked specializes in chicken, while The Stranded Pilgrim offers a curated lineup of beers that includes collaborations with local breweries. “It’s a smattering of food I love, and love to cook, with the amazing backdrop of Coors Field and The Maven Hotel,” Bonanno said. If I could cook a love letter, it would be the Milk Market.” Photo: Courtesy Denver Milk Market

Stanley Marketplace

Photo: Courtesy Stanley Marketplace

The name and the location of the market place was borrowed from the late U.S. aviation pioneer Robert Stanley, who once had his company at the Aurora site, adjacent to the former Stapleton International Airport. That said, the marketplace has pioneered a popular space in the eastern suburbs with an eye toward community and the arts. “We’re guided by our Stanifesto, which reminds us that we care a lot about being a positive force in the neighborhoods and communities we’re a part of,” said Bryant Palmer, the chief storyteller at the marketplace. With 21 places to eat and drink, 10 boutiques and five fitness-related businesses, the Stanley has you covered, including salons for your hair and nails. Cheluna Brewing can provide a Latin-inspired beer, or stop in to Annette, where owner Caroline Glover was recently named a 2019 best new chef by Food & Wine magazine.

The Denver Central Market

From nutritional basics to over indulgence at Temper Chocolates, the market offers variety: a bakery, coffee shop, fish market, butcher, rotisserie, chocolate shop, creamery, wood-fired pizzeria and more. Shop for fresh vegetables, steak and seafood by the pound or a pint of gourmet ice cream after eating a healthy lunch at Green Seed. With vegan and allergy-free options, the market keeps an open mind and menu for all customers. Visitor Shannen Standiford said, “I love the hustle and bustle of DCM. I like to grab a chai latte and a breakfast burrito and pretend to blend in with the people working on their laptops (I’m really just looking at pictures of puppies).” Locations are downtown and at Denver International Airport.


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Photo: Natasha Lovato

Avanti Food and Beverage

Photo: Courtesy Avanti Food and Beverage

If your gang can’t decide on what to eat, Avanti Food and Beverage is a popular Denver spot with food and drink options to appease the whole group. From pizza, to tacos al pastor, to pot stickers, Avanti likes to keep things exciting and ever-changing. “What makes Avanti unique is the fact that it’s a restaurant incubator and provides restaurateurs and chefs with a platform to test out new concepts before bringing them into brick and mortar locations,” Avanti spokeswoman Abby Hagstrom said. “It’s more than just a food hall. Each of the seven concepts have leases that vary for one or two years so it always keeps the experience fresh for guests,” she said. The Avanti concept draws inspiration from European markets and food truck roundups. It currently hosts seven food concepts and two bars with a colorful array of craft cocktails and beers on tap.

The Source Hotel and Market Hall

Photo: Courtesy The Source Hotel and Market Hall

Although the original Source opened in 2013, the newest addition to the River North Art District (RiNo) opened late in 2018 with a 100-room hotel to attract visitors to the eclectic neighborhood. The Source Hotel and Market Hall is iconic and historic with an 1880’s warehouse and contemporary inspirations that preserve the integrity and residual authenticity of RiNo’s industrial past. Not long ago, there were more gravel trucks than Toyota trucks rumbling through the area. “The Zeppelin Development Group highly curates the tenants and wants them to be as unique and special as possible,” The Source’s Sally Spaulding said. Including the newest additions, the market hall showcases New Belgium’s first Denver small-batch brewery, and a collection of craft-focused vendors, including trending restaurants and a rooftop terrace with sweeping views of the downtown Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains.

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This hipster mecca in RiNo – just a few steps from RTD’s A-Line - wants to make sure your lunch is more than just a quick conversation. Brought to the fore by the Zeppelin Development Group, it features pop-up shops, handmade goods, coffee, booze, gelato and worldly eats. Ever-changing menu items, vendors and events make their way through Zeppelin Station to constantly keep things hopping. What will be the Zeppelin Station worldly feature when you visit? Food and drinks from Iceland? Portland? A pop-up tea party? The surprise is half of the experience. Photo: Courtesy Timothy Hursley Denver Union Station lights up as the sun sets over Denver. Photo: Courtesy Union Station and Ellen Jaskol

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C E O N M I W I N O G D O A F R A O GE L O C How Carboy Winery is changing the narrative By Monica Parpal Stockbridge


t’s been over 100 years since Colorado voted for Prohibition in 1916, four years before the rest of the country followed suit. At first glance, you’d hardly know it. Colorado ranks third in the country for most breweries per capita and almost 100 distilleries call Colorado home. But when it comes to wine, it’s taken a little longer to recover from the Prohibition-era slump. “Most people would be surprised to learn that in the early 19th century, wine flourished in Colorado,” says Kevin Webber, Carboy Winery’s director of winery operations and sales. He’s also a sommelier and a fourthgeneration Colorado native, and like many of us, he’s been rooting for the Colorado wine industry for years.


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“Some of California’s biggest names in wine started in Colorado before moving to Napa Valley,” he adds, before the time when thousands of vines were ripped out during Prohibition. “So in some ways, the California wine industry wouldn’t be where it is today without those humble Colorado beginnings.” While the Colorado wine industry has come a long way in the last 100 years, the saga of Colorado’s wine potential is still being written. And that’s where Carboy Winery comes in. Located just off Brewery Lane in Littleton, Carboy Winery is a three-year-old Colorado winery that works hands-on with growers, vineyards and winemakers from around the country, vinting, blending and aging Carboy

wines in-house. Don’t be fooled by the fact that Carboy isn’t located on vine-covered hills. This winery is producing award-winning bottled (and kegged) wine that’s not only changing the experience of drinking wine in the Mile High City, but changing the face of what Colorado wine can be. The idea for Carboy emerged soon after restaurateurs Craig Jones and Eric Hyatt purchased Angelo’s Taverna on 6th Avenue in 2013. In 2016, they built a second Angelo’s location in Littleton — this time, with a winery next door and a goal of serving Coloradomade wine on tap. “In starting our winery, we discovered that back in the 1800s in Colorado, they were using carboys for making moonshine,” Webber says. In a nod to the state’s heritage, Carboy Winery was born: a place where customers could enjoy a great glass of wine and fill their own liter vessels (carboys) with high-quality wine to take home. Head Winemaker Tyzok Wharton and the Carboy Winery team started out by sourcing grapes from California, Washington and Oregon. In 2017, Carboy began harvesting 15 tons of fruit and eight grape varietals from Colorado’s Grand Valley and The West Elks American Viticultural Area, or AVA. In 2018, that number rose to 60 tons and 14 varietals. That will grow to 100 tons this year. “Colorado’s Grand Valley is an ideal fruit growing mecca,” Webber says. “However, the climate and weather can be challenging for some grape varietals, while others flourish.” Part of the goal is to show people the best of what Colorado can produce — not just the wines everyone is familiar with. That might mean more Cabernet Franc than Cabernet Sauvignon, more Viognier than Chardonnay. “We’re not necessarily focusing on household varietal names,” Webber says. Yet, Carboy is on its way to becoming a household name in its own right. In early 2018, Carboy purchased the Gold Pan Saloon, holder of the longest continuous liquor license west of the Mississippi. Carboy kept its 1879 aesthetic but converted the south dining room into a 1900s-era wine

Carboy Winery is expanding the Colorado scene by pushing beyond household varietals. Photos: Courtesy Carboy Winery

tasting room. Later in 2019, Carboy will open a winery tasting room, restaurant, and breakfast concept in the former Govnr’s Park Tavern and Lala’s Wine + Pizzeria space in Denver. Carboy is also expanding its original Littleton location with an 8,000-square-foot production facility to support their ongoing growth. That kind of growth goes hand-in-hand with greater recognition. The 2017 Grand Valley Cabernet Franc recently received a 90-point rating from internationally acclaimed wine critic James Suckling, former editor of Wine Spectator. “All the Colorado wines we make, we make in a very old-world style,” Webber says, “meaning we tend to produce more fineness, terroir-driven wines that are food-friendly and that highlight the unique growing region.” Another signature is the Vin ’59, a red blend with mild acidity and a perfect balance of tannins and fruit. The name honors the pioneers of the 1859 gold rush, known as “Fifty-Niners.” Both of Vin ’59’s first two vintages were made from all California grapes, but in 2019 this blend will transition to all Colorado grapes, while the California counterpart will be rechristened as Vin ’49 to reflect the California gold rush of 1849. Every Colorado craft beverage is enhanced with food that pairs with it, and Carboy isn’t wanting for talent in the kitchen. Executive Chef Scott Hybbeneth (formerly of Wynkoop Brewing Company, Barolo Grill and Sushi Den) joined Angelo’s Taverna in 2013, and now oversees the culinary program for Carboy. Executive Chef Rebecca Weitzman, who won Denver Westword’s Best Chef 2006 before pursuing a culinary career in New York, has returned to Denver and will run the culinary program at the new Denver restaurant and breakfast concept opening later this year. The chefs also host quarterly wine dinners at the Littleton winery. More than anything, Carboy Winery is about showing people an outstanding experience that emphasizes local, highquality wine. “There’s a sense of responsibility to be a champion for the industry as a whole,” Webber says, “and help to put Colorado wine at the forefront.” Monica Parpal Stockbridge writes about food, travel and technology in Colorado and beyond. Read more of her work at

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ace Vocal Band has the dubious distinction of being the first group to be voted off “The Sing-Off.” But the joke is on Nota, the group that eventually won the debut season of the NBC reality singing show. The Puerto Rican collective has never performed at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. For that matter, no vocal band other than Face has headlined the legendary venue west of Denver. No other vocal band has raised as much money for Colorado schools, either. Not bad for some guys with no instruments other than voices, who started out 17 years ago singing on the Pearl Street Mall and at the Boulder Farmers Market — until they were uninvited. “They asked us to stop playing the farmers market because our crowds were getting so big that people couldn’t get to the vendors,” said Face member Mark Megibow. “That’s when we first thought, ‘did we stumble onto something here?’”


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Megibow is a classically trained percussionist who beatboxes to hold down the beat as Face’s “drummer.” He also sings more traditional lyrics in the group. Although it was difficult for an a cappella group to book gigs in the early days, Face has since played large festivals and headlined shows throughout the world. The group also played at Boettcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony in March, one of the first Face shows with nonvoice instruments. “There’s going to be times where you’re not going to know where the sound is coming from,” Megibow said before the show.

A cappella rock

Megibow said Face sets itself apart from Pentatonix, the “Pitch Perfect” movie soundtracks and other vocal bands by focusing on covers and originals beyond the pop realm.

“We thought pretty much from the beginning that we could be a rock band with just our voices,” he said. Face members all started in a cappella bands. Several sang with In The Buff, an all-male a cappella group at the University of Colorado at Boulder, but Megibow said they all thought they could do something more interesting with their own group. Face sings everything from Christmas carols to original rock songs and a huge range of covers, including some seamless medleys of seemingly incongruous songs. Megibow credits Face members Stephen Ross and Tyler Hall with crafting the group’s unique arrangements of those tracks, which stand out from other a cappella tributes. “That is a hidden strength that a lot of audience members won’t really get,” he said. “They only arrange songs that they are personally inspired by. Something about it gives us inspiration and excitement, so when we perform, that excitement comes across.”

Face has filled the seats at Red Rocks, one of the greatest venues in the world. Photos: Courtesy Face Vocal Band

Cody Qualls writes most of the originals, and the next Face album will likely include more originals from the prolific songwriter. “When he brushes his teeth in the morning and spits it out, five new hooks come out with it,” Megibow said. “He has just always chosen to write songs that speak to the human condition. Most of his songs are very personal and yet very universal.”

“The Stuff of Dreams”

The songs have reached a growing fan base every year of Face’s long career, building up to the current peak of shows at Red Rocks and performances with the Colorado Symphony. “These last few years have been the stuff of dreams for any artist,” Megibow said. “But it shouldn’t be taken lightly that it’s taken 17 years to get where we are.” The band members said none of the success would be possible without their fans, who have packed more than 200 shows at

Nissi’s in Lafayette, backed the group through Patreon and even funded a Kickstarter campaign that sent them to perform in Europe for the first time. “We are so grateful for all the support we get here in Colorado and also globally,” Qualls said. “We take none of it for granted. … We see Face as the entire experience we all have, including the band and the audience.”  The journey from the Pearl Street Mall to Red Rocks was long, but Megibow said the band’s persistence should be a lesson in achieving your dreams. “It doesn’t have to happen in the timeline that you think,” he said. “We are a testament to never quitting. I’m 48. It’s taken me to my mid-40s to achieve my dream.” The group also has taught kids and adults through Face Academy. Face regularly hosts music workshops and classes in local high schools, then stage a fundraising concert at the school the same evening.

“We have helped schools raise thousands of dollars for music programs,” Megibow said. The group raised $30,500 for Colorado Department of Education grants by donating $5 from each ticket sold to its 2017 Red Rocks show. The money helped more than 40 schools in 19 districts across the state. Face returns to Red Rocks on Wednesday, July 10, and Megibow is expecting another “mind-blowing” gig. He said Qualls summed up the experience of playing Red Rocks well. “Cody said ‘You know how when you’re looking forward to something, you build it up so huge that it’s kind of a letdown,’” Megibow said, quoting Qualls. “‘This was kind of the opposite of that. It really is a very special place. It was really over the top.’” Steve Graham is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor who likes taking his two young boys biking, hiking and brewery-hopping in northern Colorado.

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The Black Canyon Ascent 6-mile Run and Challenge Walk is known for the scenic course climbing almost 2,000 feet to the rim of the Black Canyon National Park. After the race, participants and their family and friends can enjoy the spectacular park, as well as food, drinks and a raffle for prizes.


Kick off the summer with the whole family while enjoying an incredible selection of craft beers, blues music and the best barbecue and fixings Beaver Creek has to offer.

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Walk or run along in this two-mile Washington Park fun run to benefit the Dumb Friends League. All participants will enjoy refreshments,



The Brews & Cruise Festival offers an opportunity to chat with fellow beer lovers and taste acclaimed craft beers, all accompanied by food pairings, live music and handcrafted products.


Celebrate Cinco De Mayo the Denver way at Civic Center Park with Chihuahua races, taco eating contests, live music, dancing, a low-rider car show, parade and more.


Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, join the Colorado Symphony as they present the music of Prince. Celebrate with a full symphony orchestra to the sounds created by the legendary icon who was one of the greatest showmen of all time.


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contests, demonstrations and pet-related vendors, whether you walk on two legs or all four.


Enjoy more than 25 food trucks per day, alongside specialty drinks, music and amusement rides.

LORD HURON MAY 15-16 Estes Park

Experience an intimate concert with Lord Huron at the famous Stanley Hotel. The evening features a cocktail reception, DJ party and a legendary night with the acclaimed indie band.


Indulge yourself in delectable doughnuts and locally distilled spirit samplings at the 7th annual Whiskey Throwdown and Doughnut Showdown while supporting a local nonprofit, Minds Matter of Denver.


The MeadowGrass Music Festival hosts more than 20 local and national bands at the secluded La Foret Conference and Retreat Center. Expect on-site camping, spectacular scenery, a variety of top caterers, kids activities, a beer tasting and more this Memorial Day weekend.


What do you get when you mix a warm summer afternoon, craft beers and some fun, funky music? The South Pearl Street music festivals - including


Join A-Basin’s largest party of the year. Spend the day sampling beer, dancing to live music at the Mountain Goat Plaza and enjoying food stations as a kick-off to summer.


The Colorado Burning Can Fest at the Lyons Outdoor Games is the perfect weekend for adventure, beer, music and camping. This mountainside beer fest features about 100 breweries, world class athletes, beautiful camping and one big concert.


MANITOU SPRINGS COLORADO WINE FESTIVAL JUNE 1 Manitou Springs Spend your day enjoying tastings from 30 Colorado wineries while listening to live music and enjoying food and gift vendors.

Brewgrass on June 8. Festival producer Swallow Hill Music will make sure your toes are tapping with a lineup featuring Gasoline Lollipops, Hot Buttered Rum, Wood Belly, Mark Lavengood, Rainbow Girls, and Thunder & Rain.

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The forty-sixth annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off during the summer solstice, with worldclass instrumental pickin’, views and vibes on


With more than 35 Colorado distilleries pouring, Cocktails on the Rocks offers plenty of time to revisit your favorites and become acquainted with the best Colorado spirits alongside food trucks, music and vendors.


Immerse yourself in summer the Colorado way, surrounded by the beauty of the Rocky Mountains for a three-hour grand tasting of more than 30 Colorado craft brews, paired with cuisine and live music.


Heighten your senses during a fascinating evening that only the Denver Museum of Nature & Science can deliver. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, interactive science demonstrations, dinner, dancing and drinking. Photo: Courtesy Swallow Hill Music

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display. Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Brandi Carlile and Béla Fleck are but a few of the acts that are to perform the fun-filled four day festival.


Experience a weekend of celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the Food & Wine Classic. This premier culinary event consists of three incredible days of cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and panel discussions led by world-class chefs and wine experts.


On a round-trip train ride, you’ll travel to a music, food and beer destination within the beautiful San Luis Valley.


Moonlight on the Mountain is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 21-and-older evening bringing the enjoyment of the zoo without the strollers. Enjoy local musicians performing throughout the zoo while sipping beer, wine and spirits, and tasting samples from regional restaurants. All proceeds benefit the care of the zoo’s animals. May-June 2019 33



THAT’LL THAT’LL ROCK ROCK out a few bucket-list summer festivals across the Centennial State YOUR SUMMER LINE-UP Checking RAPIDS AND GRASS BEER FESTIVAL Buena Vista June 28-30

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First on our summer line-up is a rippin’ festival that checks all the boxes for a quintessential Colorado get down. Head to Buena Vista for the Rapids and Grass Fest, where you’ll find delicious brews, jammin’ tunes and an outdoor paradise waiting to be conquered. Buena Vista is surrounded by outdoor recreation possibilities, including the Collegiate Peaks, Browns National Monument and the mighty Arkansas River, which provides whitewater rafting and fishing galore. The beer fest features dozens of sought-after craft breweries and sits along the Arkansas River, where you can watch rafters, kayakers and fishing fanatics.

ROCKYGRASS Lyons July 26-28

RockyGrass is back for its 47th anniversary on the banks of North St. Vrain Creek, a stone’s throw from downtown Lyons. Good vibes rule during the threeday extravaganza featuring all things bluegrass. Top talent performs to an enthusiastic crowd of festevarians, some of whom have been coming back to RockyGrass almost as long as it’s been around. Camping is available for an immersive weekend experience. Don’t forget to bring your mountain bike, fly rod or hiking boots for nearby recreation. Photo: Courtesy Benko Photo Graphics


Kicking off August, NewWestFest turns downtown Fort Collins into a local music-lovers kingdom. The festival features 80-plus Colorado bands along with additional out-of-state headliners. In recent years, performers have included Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Fray, Brandi Carlile and Leftover Salmon. NewWestFest, a coproduction by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association and Bohemian Nights, is free to the public and spans three fun-filled days.


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BLUES & BREWS Denver August 10

Party on Denver’s South Pearl Street with eight hours of blues jams, as well as craft beer and other libations from local favorites. A great lineup of soulful acts such as Otis Taylor, Albert Cummings, Chris Daniels and the Kings and The Delta Sonics headline the festivities. Look for Alpine Dog Brewing, Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales, Sanitas Brewing Co., Bear Creek Distillery and MANCAN Wine. Watch for additional band and brewery announcements.

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If there is one venue in the state that might get mentioned in the same sentence with the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in terms of awe, it’s the Telluride Town Park. Telluride Blues and Brews Festival pairs world-class microbrews with top-flight acts. Some of the performers will include Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Boz Skaggs, Anders Osborne, Samantha Fish and Otis Taylor in a setting as idyllic as they come. Right around festival time, expect Telluride’s mountains to be bursting in hues of gold. We’re not sure what’s best, the views, the tunes or the craft beverages. You’ll just have to go and decide for yourself.

COLORADO MOUNTAIN WINEFEST Grand Junction September 19-20

Who says you have to go to Napa for a one-of-a-kind wine experience? Head west but stop when you hit Palisade, where the town throws one of the best wine festivals in the country. Dozens of Colorado wineries pour their libations as live music resonates and wine-inspired activities are held alongside the picturesque Colorado River, minutes from the vineyards where many of the wines were produced. Check out chef demonstrations, a live grape stomp and educational seminars, all while enjoying local vendors’ beverages. Photo: Courtesy Colorado Mountain Winefest

Check out for updates and additional festivals. Compiled by Neill Pieper

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ust a hop, skip and a jump from the Utah border lies an unparalleled music studio known as The TANK. In a town of some 2,000 people, Rangely attracts visitors from around the world wanting to experience acoustical perfection within a restored railroad water-treatment facility. “The natural reverberations within the hollow tube met our performance expectations exactly,” said Carlos R. Nakai, a Native American flute player with 11 Grammy nominations. Nakai first discovered The TANK while on his way to nearby Dinosaur


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National Monument. “To say the least, my accompanist, William Clipman, and I were bathed in calm stillness and peaceful bliss as if we’d just finished a truly magical sauna of sensual pleasure,” he said. Although now a musical utopia, The TANK Center for Sonic Arts was not always known as such. During the mid-1960s, it was supposed to be used as part of a fire-suppression system for trains. But the unstable shale beneath it proved unable to support the tank when it was filled with water. In 1976, sound artist Bruce Odland became engrossed with the remarkable acoustic

resonance caused by the subsiding floor that was pushing down into the shale, which made distinct reverberating sounds. The stumbled-upon treasure originally built in the 1940s was brought to life with funds raised by Kickstarter campaigns. Donations covered the costs of electrical service, ventilation, lighting, accessible roads, sanitary facilities and other modifications. The old water vessel was transformed into a full-blown recording studio and small concert venue. Along with visitors from around the world, groups like the Grammy-winning

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a cappella group Roomful of Teeth, jazz trumpeter Ron Miles, Nakai and many others have experienced the auditory pleasures of performing at The TANK. James Paul, executive director of The TANK, emphasized the inclusive ideology that allows anyone to experience or record their own songs in the unusual setting. With free hours on Saturdays, anyone is welcome to observe the experience or book a recording session themselves. “We are first and foremost a recording studio,” Paul said. “Often times when families record, it’s a Christmas song or

something to do because it’s fun and it’s cool. Professional artists show up from around the country too but it’s a natural and very specific reverberation,─ a powerful experience they’re seeking.” The acoustics change the sound of every instrument and voice. “The TANK is very much about the spiritual experience from all genres, like a cathedral of music,” Paul said. “For instance, when we have country sounds, the beautiful and nostalgic slide guitar echoes throughout. The general experience is to have people slow down and use The TANK as an instrument,” Paul said.

Visitors from around the world make the trip to Rio Blanco County to visit the source of sounds that can’t be produced anywhere else. So, maybe next time you find yourself on your way to Dinosaur National Monument, you’ll stop in for an experience at The TANK, where anyone can become a recording artist. Colorado native Natasha Lovato will soon graduate from MSU Denver with a degree in Integrative Written Communication in the Arts.

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hose who say “you can’t take it with you when you go” never met the good folks at Jagged Mountain Brewing in Denver. “We absolutely want our beers to be enjoyed outside,” says Rachel Gibbons, Jagged Mountain’s taproom manager. “It’s our motto: we make adventurous beer for adventurous people.” Located on 20th Street in the heart of downtown, the urban brewery might seem a strange place to drop an outdoorsthemed brewery. But step inside and you’ll catch an après vibe like you’ve just come off the mountain, all of it built on a warm, neighborhood feel. The brewery is accented by blonde hardwood tabletops as well as ice axes, mountain memorabilia and Tibetan prayer flags. Jagged Mountain makes bringing the outside inside a point of pride. “Our owners are both active outdoorspeople,” says Preston Plume, distribution manager for Jagged Mountain. “Mountaineers, snowboarders, hikers. Everything. And so are most of the people who work here.” You’ll find that ethos carried forward into the names of their beers: Sawatch IPA, Grizzly Peak Session Porter, Grouse Mountain Gose, and Wolfpack Black Saison, as well as some obscure and funny names (no spoilers here, you should check the website). General Manager and Marketing Manager Chad Bratt says one beer in particular has a very special name. “People think they know what Cougar Slayer is all about,” he says, suggesting a link to the somewhat notorious appellation. “But it is actually a tribute to an underground mountain bike race outside Nederland that we were actually a sponsor of.” But it’s not only the names of Jagged Mountain’s beers that are on the cutting edge. With the addition of Alyssa Thorpe

as head brewer, Jagged Mountain has produced an adventurous take on their beers. Thorpe, who most recently brewed at Lone Tree Brewing Co., is excited about her new venture at Jagged Mountain, “I have so many ideas for new beers and I’m ready to dive head first into this adventure!” says Thorpe. The core clientele at Jagged Mountain is young professionals who live in the surrounding apartment complexes. But to hear both Gibbons and Plume tell the tale, some folks come in from all over the world to visit the brewery. “We get a lot of people straight off the train from the airport,” Gibbons says. “And our world map is dotted with flags from all over,” Plume says. The close proximity to the Colorado Convention Center generates some of that traffic. But, as a venerated brewer once said: location might get ’em in the door the first time, but the beer brings ’em back the second. And third. And so on. Jagged Mountain’s great small-batch beer has created a geographical reputation that vastly exceeds their distribution footprint of the Front Range. “I’ve seen people in Jagged Mountain t-shirts in Detroit, California…,” Plume says with a smile. Fear not, though, if a trip to the Mile High City is not on your schedule: Jagged Mountain is an active participant at well over a dozen local and regional festivals per year. Part of the beauty of beer is its portability. If you find something you like and want to take it home, Jagged Mountain cans crowlers while you wait. Because, after all, this was beer meant to be taken along with you on your next adventure — to the real 13,000-foot Jagged Mountain namesake, or wherever your feet can carry you. Kyle Kirves drinks beer, plays guitar, runs trails, and manages projects – all with varying degrees of success. While not a craftsman himself, he is quite content writing about the Colorado artisans who create such wonderful things and memorable experiences.

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ach Rabun can find brewing ideas anywhere, even on a kids’ menu. Zach is the owner of Mockery Brewing Co. in Denver’s RiNo District. He once saw a “mock-rita” on a restaurant’s nonalcoholic “mocktail” menu, and was inspired to brew his own “Mockerita” beer — this time with alcohol. “We reverse engineered a margarita into a beer,” Zach said. Mockery first made the beer two years ago for a Cinco De Mayo party release. The project started simple, but ended with a complex and flavorful brew. “We pretty much just do a golden ale and throw it into tequila barrels with our house mix of cultures to age,” Zach said.


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Style: fruited sour ale aged in tequila barrels Brewery: Mockery Brewing Co. Location: RiNo Art District IBU: around 10 ABV: around 7 percent

Mockery brewer Jason Woody said the aging delay might be the biggest drawback of the Mockerita. “I’ve had many people asking when the next batch will be ready, but it takes over a year to make this beer,” he said. After aging the beer, Zach tries a variety of fruits and adjusts it to his taste.

The original Mockerita was strawberryenhanced. He plans to try a mix of blueberry and tangerine in this year’s edition. His brother Eric Rabun, who manages the taproom at Mockery, said the resulting fruited sour strikes a delicious balance. “I am a sucker for just about any beer that is aged in tequila barrels, so I may be a little biased, but it is a good combo of sour with a little kick from the tequila,” Eric said. He added that the margarita flavors make it an easy sell in the taproom. “Customers seemed to really like the beer,” Eric said. “It’s hard to think of anybody who doesn’t like a good margarita, especially in good weather, so I think people are propelled to give it a shot.” Mockery regulars are used to trying something new. The brewery name is a reference to their creative ingredients, which Zach said “make a mockery of the Reinheitsgebot,” a German beer purity law dating to 1516. The law originally limited the ingredients in beer to water, hops and barley. Brewing with spruce tips and dandelion roots, or with tangerines and souring cultures in this case, is a far cry from that ancient German stricture. “We’re about not getting comfortable, and constantly challenging ourselves,” Zach said. Creativity was not encouraged at his first brewery job. “I worked for Coors, and I was mostly watching computer monitors and driving a forklift around,” he said. Like many in the industry, he had originally started with homebrewing, but was forced to start making beer elsewhere. “After putting some beer stains on the ceiling, my wife kicked me out of the house as far as brewing,” Zach said. After learning the ropes at Coors, he worked for Elk Mountain Brewery in Parker before the craft craze hit the suburbs. So, he spent time teaching customers about what would now be a very standard craft lineup. Photo: Angie Wright

“A lot of what we were doing was community outreach and education,” Zach said. “I really enjoyed that part of it but I wanted to get into the part of brewing that got me passionate about it when I was homebrewing.”

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So, he went to the Siebel Institute in Chicago, which then hosted one of the only master brewer’s degree programs in the country, before returning to Denver and searching the Broadway corridor for a good spot to open his own brewery. “As Broadway turned into Brighton Boulevard, I really fell in love with the neighborhood,” Zach said. Since opening in 2014, the RiNo Arts District has blossomed around the brewery. “We never could have imagined the growth and development we have seen in the last couple of years.” Mockery now works with some of those neighbors. For example, the Grow House gave them oyster and shitake mushrooms for a mushroom Schwarzbier earlier this year. Mockery is also looking to collaborate with customers. This summer, Mockery will host a homebrew contest. Zach will brew an unhopped, 15-barrel batch of single-malt wort, then invite home brewers to fill up carboys and see what they can create in six weeks using that base. The best hybrid beer will be the brewery’s entry in the pro-am contest at the Great American Beer Fest. Who knows? Maybe it will be a mockery of another classic cocktail. Steve Graham is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor who likes taking his two young boys biking, hiking and brewery-hopping in northern Colorado.

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efore appearing on Bravo’s Top Chef, and the Food Network’s Chopped, and Beating Bobby Flay and launching numerous restaurants, Brother Luck could be found cooking solo in the tiny kitchen at the Triple Nickel Tavern in downtown Colorado Springs, creating a daily menu on a chalkboard. He describes a scene with raucous punk rock shows complete with “mosh pits, and mohawks and leather, and screaming on the stage.” It was the ground floor for Luck’s progressive journey and the nostalgic location of his newest restaurant, Lucky Dumpling. “It was a crazy 10 months,” says Luck. “They would break the tables every day, they would break the bar stools, it was constant.” Six years later, Luck may be in the same physical space but he has moved on from moshpits and mayhem. The building itself warrants distinct sentimental value for Luck but the food focus, dumplings, holds even deeper personal connections, as he shares that they were one of the first foods he learned to make in culinary school. Luck is also currently penning an autobiography with an entire chapter that’s reminiscent of his “first food memory” where he says he discusses his “first bite that triggers emotion.” “For me, it’s my father taking me to eat gyoza in Japantown in San Francisco when I was five or six years old,” says Luck. “I remember his excitement, these potstickers and dipping it in the soy sauce with the vinegar and the chili and it’s always been one of my favorite dumplings to eat to date.” Luck’s choice childhood meal translates into a mixed menu that offers plentiful vegetarian options as well as chicken siu mai served with foie gras sauce, poached crab and coconut curry dumplings, crispy skin ducks, sides of pork belly and homemade bao buns. “I want it to be my version of an Asian concept,” says Luck. “Kind of funky, kind of fun. I’m not trying to do authentic, it’s not real. It’s got to be edgy, it’s got to be Brother Luck


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and that’s where Lucky Dumpling starts.” The working-class food is served in typical fashion, blowing through the restaurant in steamer baskets filled with six to eight dumplings that cost on average between $8 and $12. “We’re not trying to turn this into a bougie spot,” says Luck. “I want you to come in and be able to fill up on dumplings. Lunchtime it’s quick and fast but dinnertime we want it to be chill.” Luck sees Lucky Dumpling as a return to his roots, gravitating back toward the casual nature of his former restaurant, Street Eats, and a conscious choice to deviate away from Four, his more upscale, yet still approachable

Above: Chef Brother Luck prepares a serving of dumplings. Below: Luck invites folks to “fill up on dumplings.” Photos: Courtesy Brother Luck

restaurant, also in downtown Colorado Springs. “I want to feel like the person that is creating that atmosphere is actually from the hood,” says Luck. “What I had at Street Eats I miss and I can’t do that at Four because it doesn’t fit, so this is kind of that outlet where I can showcase that.” Lucky Dumpling has an intimate feel, a reflective vulnerability that allows Luck to express his cultural identity, bring diversity to the local landscape and pay homage to his modest beginnings. “The vibe that we’re going for is hip hop meets Bruce Leroy, a little Enter the Dragon, Sho’nuff type of feel, with graffiti on the walls,” says Luck. “This is raw, this is urban.” Lucky Dumpling also offers Luck the chance to actually be present for the initial stages of opening, which he was noticeably absent for during the infancy at Four as he secretly left to compete on season 15 of Top Chef. “I’m really excited to be here for the whole process,” says Luck. “I missed out on that at Four and I was a part of it but I wasn’t there for the first few months of craziness. I came back and the team had done phenomenal but, it didn’t have my swag.” Luck’s developmental strides bring him back full circle, arriving again at home base inside the vibrant red brick building that houses Lucky Dumpling. The significant location clearly holds an attraction that transcends his opportunities for extensive travel and dual participation on one of the most respected cooking shows on television. The universe seemingly “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” and continues to draw him back to this exact same and very special spot. “Ironically I wound up hosting my first pop up dinners here and eventually I started Street Eats back here,” says Luck. “This space is for me, just … there’s something strange, something, magical. I feel like it’s called me over and over and over.” Dionne Roberts is the editor of the Rocky Mountain Food Report,













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Ingredients 3 cups heavy cream 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp black peppercorn 2 fresh bay leaves 1 cup sharp cheddar Cracked black pepper Tapatio hot sauce 3 cups elbow macaroni (cooked) 1 cup English peas (cooked) ¼ cup shredded/braised ham hock

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Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a sauce pan add: cream, coriander seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns and bay leaves. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a boil. Once a boil is reached, reduce the heat to medium and stir regularly to prevent burning and boiling over. Once the cream is reduced by three-fourths, strain through a fine mesh strainer into another saucepan. Return the pan with the strained cream to a medium flame and stir in the cheddar. Once the cheddar is fully incorporated, add hot sauce and cracked black pepper to taste. Add the macaroni, peas and ham hock to the pan and stir well.  Add the IPA and continue stirring until hot. Add salt to taste and place in large baking dish. Top with the chopped bacon and bread crumbs. Bake until the bread crumbs become golden brown and crispy.


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Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout, 14.7% ABV, Avery Brewing Co.

Well that’s such a loaded question. Where do you start? It’s like asking a painter their favorite color. It all forms such a beautiful tapestry. If I were to go with breweries in terms of local, I’d say Avery’s Tweak paired with a slice of New York-style cheese cake. Perfect for that busy-days-end beer. Marcus Wulf, Founder/Brewer, Gorilla Alchemy Brewing

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uarterbacking logistics for one of Clapsaddle’s most unique horsepack–connected events generated ample anxiety and anticipation for the forthcoming adventure. The 1989 late spring plan was straightforward. Clapsaddle and eight of his Westminster Rotary Club companions would haul a dozen horses through Southwest Colorado and Northern Arizona, back into Southern Utah. At the Navajo Mountain Trading Post they would connect with a Navajo native who would guide the equine group on an epic and historytinged two-day ride into Rainbow Bridge National Monument. At the world’s largest natural bridge they would come together with a like number of Rotarians hosted by member Tom Green on his houseboat the “Green Isle.” Following a couple days of fishing and fellowship six of the horse people would remain on the houseboat and houseboaters

would saddle up for the return ride to the Navajo Mountain Trading Post. After overnighting at the Trading Post, we packed three horses with food and drink for the four days and three nights of trail time. Edgar Greymountain, our Navajo guide and his mount appeared to lead us on our epic adventure highlighting stunning scenery and enriching western history. Two trails to Rainbow Bridge skirted 10,300-foot Navajo Mountain. We selected the North Trail, primarily because it was the route used by prolific author Zane Grey and retired President Teddy Roosevelt a few years after the National Monument status was affirmed by President William Howard Taft in 1910. Grey’s exploration, attachment and research of Southern Utah led to publication of his all-time, best-selling tome Riders of the Purple Sage in 1912 and a sequel The Rainbow Trail in 1915.

The daytime May temperature in the dessert escalated above 90 degrees as our horse caravan traversed the precipitous and sometimes treacherous trail at a safe pace. Crossing lengthy, smooth sandstone rocks with elevated drops on the side kept riders focused. Trust in the experienced Navajo lead horse certainly helped mitigate serious issues, though there were a few riders who didn’t challenge the canyonland terrain and walked their mounts for a couple hundred yards before returning to the saddle. Late in the afternoon we arrived at the precipice of an awesome site, before us an oasis of green trees and vegetation cupped inside steep canyon walls. We welcomed Surprise Canyon, our overnight campsite, and pools of cool, refreshing spring water for hydrating animals and rinsing a couple layers of dessert trail dust. No tents were pitched that night, as a small, sandy beach near the stream afforded a comfortable outdoor bedroom, and the dessert’s signature 40

Impressive Rainbow Bridge is 309-feet high, 278-feet across, 42-feet thick at the top and 33-feet wide. The world’s largest natural stone bridge was formed over the centuries by water from Bridge Creek tumbling from the north side of Navajo Mountain to eventually auger the symmetrical half moon. From there the water flowed west into Forbidding Canyon, then into the Colorado River, now the principal tributary that supplies Lake Powell.

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degree nighttime backflip allowed tired bodies plenty of recuperating z’s. Foundations of small cabins stippled Surprise Valley’s landscape, delineating where Mormon fundamentalists built tiny structures to secret additional wives well into the 1900s. Latter Day Saints president Wilford Woodward declared his church’s abandonment of polygamy in 1890 and the Mormon Church’s practice of men being married to multiple spouses was federally outlawed later in the 19th century. However, “plural marriages” were documented, especially in rural Southern Utah, for some decades. Navajo tribe information provided to our group claimed the Mormon men rode their horses into Surprise Valley only at night and primarily at full moon to provide some shield from possible legal confrontation. Departing Surprise Valley, our riders encountered a steep, rocky trail with a bevy of switchbacks to moderate the altitude gain. It was on the second switch a pack horse misstep created an image that will permeate Clapsaddle for an eternity. Ranger, my go-to pack animal, was being crowded by a rider behind and he attempted to take a short cut across the 45 degree switchback, overshot and went to the ground straddling the higher trail. Clapsaddle was on his knees beside Ranger and looked up just in time to view the underbelly of the impatient Appaloosa (rider still in the saddle) jumping over the top of us. A hoof with horseshoe dislodged my hat only partial inches from injury, and Clapsaddle has been forever

Top photo: Sheer inclines with a plethora of loose rock caused some riders to walk their animals temporarily during the 14-mile ride into Rainbow Bridge. Middle photo: Repacking Ranger after a bite in the butt from a trailing horse caused a fall on a narrow switchback. Three falls by three different experienced pack animals in precipitous locations required re-packing. Photo right: The Navajo installed campground in historic Surprise Valley included fire rings, picnic table, shade trees, water and bison steak for dinner.


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eternally thankful that his Surprise Valley prayer the prior night had been registered. Ultimately, we elected to unpack, then repack Ranger to get him on his feet from his awkward position. Then, it was westward riding through stunning, extremely narrow, deep rock walls of Bridge Creek Canyon. We located grass and trees to tether horses and camp for Edgar and “Unc” who would wrangle the animals the next two days. A short hike to the boat dock for rendezvousing with the Green Isle became intervened by the massive prominence of one of the “seven wonders of the world.” As measured by U.S. Government surveyor William B. Douglas and University of Utah archeology professor Bryon Cummins in 1909, the enormous Rainbow Bridge is 309-feet high and 278-feet across, 42feet thick at the top and 33-feet wide. The awesome “nonnezoshe” (meaning rainbow turned to stone) was a sacred location for Paiute, Navajo and other native American tribes who inhabited the area for centuries. They proclaimed the “hole in the rock” was near-perfect in symmetry. Surveyor Douglas and Professor Cummins were involved in a begrudging horseback skirmish to be the first white man to view Rainbow Bridge when they accompanied outfitter John Wetherill. (Wetherill became the first administrator of the National Monument, a position he held for years.) Participants believe Native guides Nasja Begay and “Mike’s Boy” while on the 1909 expedition to locate and measure Rainbow Bridge, had previously searched for the bridge and perhaps found it. Historians though suspect that more than a half dozen white fur trappers and gold miners had likely encountered Rainbow Bridge during the late 1800s. Following President Taft’s designation as a national monument and Zane Grey’s 1912-15 writings, newspapers around the globe chronicled the spectacular attributes of Rainbow Bridge. Various businesspeople restructured Rainbow Lodge in far northern Arizona as a base for packing the south Navajo Mountain Trail into the Bridge. Among the early investors was the late Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater. However, tourism to the Bridge essentially by mule or horseback offered by both Anglo and Native American guides, was thwarted during World War I and diminished again by the Great Depression in the early 1930s.

Above: Following the completion of Glen Canyon Dam, rising water levels in the mid-1960s permitted National Park officials to construct a boat dock immediately west of Rainbow Bridge, allowing thousands to access its beauty. Below: He calls himself “Edger,” Edgar Grey Mountain our Navajo guide and “Unc” take a break from wrangling horses.

Rainbow Bridge certainly became less of a remote destination in the mid 1960s when the gates to Glen Canyon Dam were closed and water backing up in Forbidding and Bridge Canyons invited Lake Powell boaters to get up close and personal with a stelliferous American natural treasure.

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GRAND JUNCTION AREA Dented Face Brewing Co Edgewater Brewery ● Kannah Creek Brewing Co ● Palisade Brewing Co ● ● The Rockslide Restaurant and Brewery ●

GREELEY AREA Brix Taphouse and Brewery ● ● Broken Plow Brewery ● Crabtree Brewing ● ● G5 Brew Pub ● Green Earth Brewing High Hops Brewery ● ● Mighty River Brewing Co Rocky Mountain Taphouse ● WeldWerks Brewing Co Wiley Roots Brewing Co ●

Rock Bottom ● Rock Coast Brewery Tilted Barrel Brewpub Verboten Brewing Co Veteran Brothers Brewing Co ●

IDAHO SPRINGS/EVERGREEN/ CENTRAL CITY/GEORGETOWN Dostal Alley Saloon & Gambling Emporium ● El Rancho Brewing Co ● Evergreen Taphouse & Brewery ● Guanella Pass Brewing Co Lariat Lodge Brewing Co ● ● Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub ● Westbound & Down Brewing Co ●

NORTHGLENN/THORNTON Mother Tucker Brewery ● ● Periodic Brewing ● Satire Brewing Co ●


Grand Adventure Brewing Co ● 970.724.9219 207 Central Ave Kremmling

LA JUNTA Dean & Co Brewing LAKE CITY Lake City Brewing LITTLETON AREA 38 State Brewing ● ● Blue Spruce Brewing Co Boggy Draw Brewery Breckenridge Brewery ● Coal Mine Ave. Brewing Co Jackass Hill Brewery ● Living the Dream Brewing Co Locavore Beer Works Saint Patricks Brewing Co LONGMONT 300 Suns Brewing ● Bootstrap Brewing Brewmented Collision Brewing Grossen Bart Brewery ● ● Highland Lake Brewing Co Left Hand Brewing Co ● Oskar Blues Brewing ● Outworld Brewing Primitive Beer Pumphouse Brewery ● Shoes and Brews Wibby Brewing ● ● LOVELAND/BERTHOUD 5030 LocalBerthoud Brewing Co Big Beaver Brewing Co ● Big Thompson Brewery Buckhorn Brewers City Star Brewing ● Crow Hop Brewing Drätz Brewing Co Grimm Brothers Brewhouse Loveland Aleworks

MONUMENT Pikes Peak Brewing Co ● ● NORTHEAST COLORADO Parts & Labor Brewing Co Tumbleweed Brewing Co

PAGOSA SPRINGS/ DEL NORTE/ALAMOSA The Colorado Farm Brewery Pagosa Brewing Co ● Riff Raff Brewing ● ● San Luis Valley Brewing ● Square Peg Brewerks Three Barrel Brewing Co ● PAONIA Chrysalis Barrel Aged Beer Paonia United Brewing Co PARKER Barnett and Son Brewing Co ● ● Downhill Brewing Co ● Los Dos Potrillos Mexican Restaurant y Cerveceria ● Welcome Home Brewing PUEBLO AREA Brues Alehouse Brewing Co ● ● PDub Brewing Co Shamrock Brewing ● Walter’s Brewery & Taproom SALIDA/BUENA VISTA/ CRESTONE/LEADVILLE Crestone Brewing Co ● Eddyline Restaurant and Brewing Co ● Elevation Beer Co ● Moonlight Pizza and Brewpub ● Periodic Brewing Soulcraft Brewing GUNNISON/CRESTED BUTTE Elk Ave Brewing Co ● ● High Alpine Brewing Co ● Irwin Brewing Co SOUTHWEST COLORADO Avalanche Brewing Co ● Colorado Boy Pizzeria & Brewery● Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery ● Golden Block Brewery ● Horsefly Brewing Co ● ● Ouray Brewery ● Ourayle House Brewery Red Mountain Brewing ● Smuggler’s Brewpub ● Telluride Brewing Co Two Rascals Brewing Co

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Butcherknife Brewing Co Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill ● Mountain Tap Brewery ● Storm Peak Brewing Co Yampa Valley Brewing Co SUMMIT COUNTY Angry James Brewing Co The Baker’s Brewery ● Breckenridge Brewery & Pub ● Broken Compass Brewing Dillon Dam Brewery ● ● HighSide Brewing ● ● Outer Range Brewing Co ● Pug Ryan’s Brewery ● Syndicate Brewing Co TRINIDAD/WALSENBURG Crafty Canary Brewery Dodgeton Creek Brewing Co WINTER PARK AREA Camber Brewing Co Fraser River Beerco Hideaway Park Brewery Never Summer Brewing Co The Peak Bistro & Brewery ● DISTRIBUTION ONLY AC Golden Brewing Co Acidulous Brewing Co Amalgam Brewing Atom Brewing Co Black Sheep Brewery Burgundian Brewing Divebar Brewing Co Donovan Brewing Co Gemini Beer Co Good River Beer Idylwilde Brewing New Planet Beer Sleeping Giant Brewing Uhl’s Brewing Co

DISTILLERIES DENVER/BOULDER 12 Point Distillery - Lafayette Altitude Spirits, Inc. - Boulder Anders’ Vodka - Parker Archetype Distillery - Denver Arta Tequila - Englewood Art of the Spirits Colorado Whiskey - Denver Bear Creek Distillery - Denver The Block Distilling Co - Denver Broken Arrow Spirits - Centennial Denver Distillery - Denver Deviant Spirits - Boulder Deviation Distilling - Denver Devil’s Head Distillery - Englewood Downslope Distilling - Englewood Elwood Distilling - Boulder The Family Jones Spirit House Denver ● Geek Spirits - Boulder Golden Moon Distillery - Golden Hogback Distillery - Wheat Ridge J & L Distilling Co - Boulder Ironton Distillery - Denver

Laws Whiskey House - Denver Leopold Bros - Northeast Denver Local Distilling - Golden Mad Rabbit Distillery - Westminster Mile High Spirits - Lodo Mythology Distillery - Denver ● Rising Sun Distillery - Denver Rocker Spirits - Littleton Santa Fe Spirits - Littleton Ski Bum Rum Distillery - Golden Spirit Hound Distillers - Lyons State 38 Distilling - Golden Stranahan’s - South Denver Strongwater Spirits & Botanicals - Denver Talnua Distillery - Arvada Tighe Brothers Distillery - Denver Vapor Distillery - Boulder Weaver’s Spirits - Parker Whistling Hare - Westminster ●

NORTHERN COLORADO Anvil Distillery - Longmont Big Fat Pastor - Loveland Black Canyon Distillery - Longmont Bouck Brothers Whiskey - Idaho Springs Coyote Gold Margaritas - Fort Collins Coppermuse Distillery - Fort Collins Dry Land Distillers - Longmont Elevation 5003 Distillery - Fort Collins Elkins Distilling Co - Estes Park Feisty Spirits - Fort Collins The Heart Distillery - Windsor Longtucky Spirits - Longmont Mobb Mountain Distillers - Fort Collins NOCO Distillery - Fort Collins Old Elk Distillery - Fort Collins Old Town Distilling - Fort Collins Still Cellars - Longmont Spring 44 Distilling - Loveland Steamboat Whiskey - Steamboat Springs Syntax Spirits - Greeley Tower 56 Distillery - Greeley SOUTHERN COLORADO 3 Hundred Days of Shine - Monument 1350 Distilling - Colo. Springs Axe and the Oak - Colo. Springs Black Bear Distillery - Green Mountain Falls Cockpit Craft Distillery - Colo. Springs Colorado Gold - Colorado Springs Deerhammer Distilling Co - Buena Vista Distillery 291 - Colo. Springs Lee Spirits - Colo. Springs Meridiem Spirits - Elizabeth Mystic Mountain Distillery - Larkspur Sand Creek Distillery - Hugo Sangre Distilleries - Westcliffe Spirits of the Rockies - Pueblo Wood’s High Mountain Distillery Salida

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WESTERN SLOPE 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Co - Vail 39 North Spirits - Eagle 808 Distillery - Eagle Coal Creek Distillery - Crested Butte Durango Craft Spirits - Durango Highlands Distillery - Grand Junction Honey House Distillery - Durango Idlewild Spirits - Winter Park KJ Wood Distillers - Ouray Marble Distilling Co - Carbondale ● Montanya Distillers - Crested Butte Peach Street Distillers - Palisade Peak Spirits - Hotchkiss Stoneyard Distillery - Dotsero Storm King Distilling - Montrose Telluride Distilling Co - Telluride Woodshed Distilling - Pagosa Springs Woody Creek Distillers - Basalt

WINERIES GRAND JUNCTION AREA Avant Vineyards - Palisade Carlson Vineyards - Palisade Colorado Cellars Winery - Palisade Colterris Winery - Palisade DeBeque Canyon Winery - Palisade Desert Sun Vineyards - Grand Junction Garfield Estates Vineyard & Winery - Palisade Grande River Vineyards - Palisade Graystone Winery - Clifton Gubbini Winery - Palisade Hermosa Vineyards - Palisade Maison la Belle Vie Winery & Amy’s Courtyard - Palisade Mesa Park Vineyards - Palisade Peachfork Orchards and Vineyards - Palisade Plum Creek Cellars - Palisade Ptarmigan Vineyards - Grand Junction

Ram’s Point Winery - Grand Junction Red Fox Cellars - Palisade Reeder Mesa Vineyards Whitewater St. Kathryn Cellars Winery & Gift Shop - Palisade Summit Cellars - Palisade Talon Winery - Palisade Two Rivers Winery - Grand Junction Two Swedes Glögg - Grand Junction Varaison Vineyards and Winery Palisade Whitewater Hill Vineyards - Grand Junction

CENTRAL WEST AREA 5680′ - Paonia Alfred Eames Cellars at Puesta del Sol Vineyards - Paonia Azura Cellars - Paonia Black Bridge Winery - Paonia Evening Grace Vineyards - Hotchkiss Leroux Creek Vineyards - Hotchkiss Mesa Winds Farm and Winery Hotchkiss Stone Cottage Cellars - Paonia DELTA & MONTROSE COUNTIES Chill Switch Wine - Cedaredge Cottonwood Cellars/The Olathe Winery - Olathe Garrett Estates Cellars - Olathe Jack Rabbit Hill - Hotchkiss Mountain View Winery - Olathe Stoney Mesa Winery - Cedaredge Winery at Cedars Farm - Cedaredge SOUTH FRONT RANGE Byers Cellars - Cripple Creek D’Vine Wine - Manitou Springs Evergood Elixirs - Palmer Lake Le Fuselier Winery at Spring Creek Vineyards - Canon City Legatum Cellars - Canon City Mountain Spirit Winery, Ltd. - Salida Sette Dolori - Black Forest Songbird Cellars - Beulah

The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey Canon City The Winery at Pikes Peak - Cascade Vino Colorado Winery - Colorado Springs Vino Salida Wine Cellars - Poncha Springs

CENTRAL FRONT RANGE Allis Ranch Winery - Sedalia Aspen Peak Cellars - Bailey Balistreri Vineyards - Denver Bigsby’s Folly - Denver Black Arts Cellars - Littleton Bonacquisti Wine Company - Denver Carboy Winery - Littleton Creekside Cellars - Evergreen Gaijin 24886 Sake - Denver Golden City Winery - Golden Golden Valley Winery - Denver InVINtions, A Creative Winery Greenwood Village Kingman Estates Winery - Denver Ladrón Cellars - Englewood Leap of Faith Winery - Wheat Ridge Point Blank Winery - Centennial Purgatory Cellars Winery - Parker Ryker’s Cellars - Denver Silver Vines Winery - Arvada Spero Winery - Denver The Infinite Monkey Theorem Denver The Wine Barrel - Parker Vino Passarelli - Lakewood Water 2 Wine - Centennial Waters Edge Winery - Centennial What We Love, The Winery - Boulder Wild Women Winery - Denver Wine & Whey - Denver NORTHERN FRONT RANGE Augustina’s Winery - Nederland Bad Bitch Cellars - Eaton Blue Mountain Vineyards - Berthoud Blue Skies Winery - Fort Collins BookCliff Vineyards - Boulder

Decadent Saint - Boulder River Garden Winery - Fort Lupton Settembre Cellars - Boulder Snowy Peaks Winery - Estes Park Stonebridge Farm Winery Longmont Sweet Heart Winery - Loveland Ten Bears Winery - Laporte Turquoise Mesa Winery - Broomfield Viewpoint Wines - Boulder Vintage Handcrafted Wines - Fort Collins

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN Buckel Family Wine - Crested Butte Continental Divide Winery Breckenridge Monkshood Cellars - Minturn Vines at Vail Winery - Wolcott Winter Park Winery - Fraser PLAINS Claremont Inn & Winery - Stratton Mummy Hill Winery - Holyoke Reds Wine Boutique - Sterling FOUR CORNERS Flying T Wine - Cortez Four Leaves Winery - Durango Fox Fire Farms - Ignacio Guy Drew Vineyards - Cortez Pleasant View Vineyards - Pleasant View Sutcliffe Vineyards - Cortez


6 PM-9:30 PM Friday Night Dinner sponsored by Alpine Bank Hosted at Clarks Orchard River View Event Barn, 3926 G Rd, Palisade Saturday Night Dinner sponsored by US Bank Hosted at Peachfork Orchard & Vineyard, 281 33 Road, Palisade

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MEADERIES Black Forest Meadery - Colorado Springs Colorado Honey Wine - Distribution Only Dragon Meadery - Aurora Honnibrook Meadery - Castle Rock Meadery of the Rockies - Palisade Medovina - Niwot Miracle Stag Meadery - Loveland Queen Bee Brews - Denver Redstone Meadery - Boulder

Apple Valley Cider Co 103 Broadway #13 Penrose

Artisan Craft Cellars - Westminster Big B’s Juices and Hard Cider Hotchkiss Boco Cider - Boulder Branch Out Cider - Fort Collins C Squared Ciders - Denver ●

Feast in the Field Dinners August 16 & 17, 2019

Clear Fork Cider - Denver Climb Hard Cider Co - Loveland Colorado Cider Co - Denver Colorado Common Cider - Colo. Springs Colorado Plus Cidery - Golden Golden City Winery - Golden Haykin Family Cider - Aurora The Ice Cave Cider House Monument Locust Cider - Boulder Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub - Erie Scrumpy’s Hard Cider - Fort Collins Snow Capped Cider - Cedaredge St. Vrain Cidery - Longmont Stem Ciders - Denver ● ● Stem Ciders Acreage- Lafayette ● ● Summit Hard Cider - Fort Collins Talbott’s Cider Co - Palisade Teal Cider - Dolores Waldschänke Ciders - Denver Wild Cider - Firestone

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